For Singers

Chorus America champions the dedicated choral singer by developing online resources and tools to advance skills and promoting connections between singers. We recognize that choral singing is the most popular form of participation in the performing arts, that choral singers are active and engaged citizens, and that children who sing have greater academic success and social skills.

Articles

Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Star-Spangled Mythbusting

Correcting the History of America’s National Anthem

Mark Clague | Civic Engagement, Composing/Commissioning, History, Repertoire

For the 200th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a musicologist takes a closer look at the history of the anthem. Read more

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What's Your Story?

What's Your Story?

A B.O.L.D. Approach to Community Engagement

Kelsey Menehan | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation

What choruses can learn from a dance company that uses its art form to help communities tell their own stories. Read more

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Building Community While Doing Research: the Community of Voices Senior Choir Project

Building Community While Doing Research: the Community of Voices Senior Choir Project

A research project about the impact of choir participation on seniors' health builds momentum for lifelong singing.

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Health, Research/Data, Singing

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Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

“Choir is a tool for transforming lives.”

Kelsey Menehan | Diversity, Education, Schools, Singing

Joyce Garrett knew from a young age that she wanted to work with choirs. What she didn't realize was that this desire would lead her to change the lives of hundreds of high school students along the way.  Read more

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Community Sings

Community Sings

How to Get the Whole Room Singing

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing

Experienced song leaders share what they've learned about the special magic of bringing together a group of ordinary people in song. Read more

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One Anthem, One Country

One Anthem, One Country

Liza Beth | Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Singing

How Nelson Mandela shaped a national anthem that united South Africans in song. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Donald Schell, Music That Makes Community

Member Spotlight: Donald Schell, Music That Makes Community

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, General, Health, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Singing

Making music makes us human. So says Donald Schell, who along with his colleague Rick Fabian, leads Music That Makes Community, an organization that helps churches and other community groups break down the barriers to confident and nourishing group singing. Read more

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Improve Your Sight-Singing Before Your Next Audition

Improve Your Sight-Singing Before Your Next Audition

Shauna Fallihee | Adults/Seniors, Education, General, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool, Volunteer

For many choral singers, sight-singing is the scariest part of an audition. But with a little practice, you can get better at it. Here are some ideas to try before your next audition. Read more

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How Important is Sight-Singing?

How Important is Sight-Singing?

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Education, Singing, Technique/Tool

It’s a question many singers ask themselves, especially right before their chorus audition. What are conductors really looking for? Is it perfection? Read more

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Long-Tenured Singers: The Benefits Flow Both Ways

Long-Tenured Singers: The Benefits Flow Both Ways

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

Long-time singers will happily list numerous ways that choral singing enhances their lives. When those singers stay with the same chorus for many years, the benefits flow both ways. We spoke with seven singers who have sung with the same chorus for two or more decades about their experience and its value. Read more

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Resources

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Relaxing the Tongue

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Relaxing the Tongue

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how to train the powerful tongue muscle to cooperate with rather than hinder the singing process. Read more

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The Choral Warm-Ups of Robert Shaw

The Choral Warm-Ups of Robert Shaw

Pamela Elrod Huffman | Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Believing that the chorus was a corporate entity with a spirit of kinship, famed conductor Robert Shaw used the warm-up period to focus on matters of tuning, tone color, ensemble blend, acoustical conditions, and development of the dynamic palette. We've compiled several of his warm-ups. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Achieving Relaxed Alertness

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Achieving Relaxed Alertness

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how being both relaxed and alert can bring greater freedom in singing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Vocalizing To Release Tension

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Vocalizing To Release Tension

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

Through a self-discovery process using movement, the practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark guides a singer to notice and then release tension while vocalizing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Releasing Eye Tension

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Releasing Eye Tension

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how releasing tension around the eyes contributes to less effortful singing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Opening the Throat

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Opening the Throat

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how opening the throat releases tension and allows for greater freedom in singing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Centering with the Breath

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Centering with the Breath

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates the use of breath to center and stabilize the singing process. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Introduction

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Introduction

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

You know that freed-up feeling where it seems your body is singing itself? Singers yearn for more of that, but myriad stresses, tensions, confusions, and vocal issues can get in the way. Through a self-discovery process using movement, the practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video series, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark describes and demonstrates how this approach has helped her—and the singers she works with—release tension and find greater freedom in their singing. Read more

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Virtual Voice Lesson: The Farinelli Breath Exercises

Virtual Voice Lesson: The Farinelli Breath Exercises

Shauna Fallihee | Singing, Technique/Tool

Carlo Broschi, known as Farinelli, was a famous, and wildly popular castrato of the early 1700s. One of the secrets to his magnificent voice was the seemingly unending stream of breath that supported it. Voice teacher Shauna Fallihee demonstrates the breathing exercises Farinelli created to strengthen the intercostal muscles. Read more

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Warm-Ups for What Ails You: Lack of Breath Control

Warm-Ups for What Ails You: Lack of Breath Control

Rebecca Achenbach | Singing, Technique/Tool

Work on your breath control with these exercises from choral conductor and voice teacher Rebecca Achenbach. Read more

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Events

San Diego Sings! Festival 2015

San Diego Sings! Festival 2015

San Diego, CA

Carol Manifold | Community Outreach

The Choral Consortium of San Diego presents San Diego Sings! Festival 2015. Twenty of the finest choirs in the San Diego area will each perform throughout the day, 11am-5pm. At the midpoint of the day, all 20 choirs (1000 voices!) will join together with the audience and the Spreckels Organ to perform a new commissioned piece, "How Can I Keep from Singing?", composed by San Diego native Bradley Nelson. The day concludes with a community sing led by Kenneth Anderson, conductor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Choir of San Diego. Come experience this unprecedented musical event and the joy of choral singing! Read more

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Spice, Magic and Mystique: The Music of Southeast Asia

Spice, Magic and Mystique: The Music of Southeast Asia

10 Lincoln Center Plz, New York, NY

Boxoffice | Audiences, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Performance, Professional, Singing, Venue

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Forbidden Voices

Forbidden Voices

200 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Vox Femina Los ... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue, Volunteer

  Their behavior is improper; their books are banned; their love is illicit. Authors, artists and poets ostracized for not conforming are celebrated as we give voice to their incredible accomplishments during this concert. Highlights include I Will Remember Everything, a new work by celebrated choral composer and conductor, Eric Banks. Originally composed for and performed by KITKA, Vox Femina Los Angeles was chosen to present the second performance in the NEA grant that funded the commission. Read more

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Sing Dvořák, Rutter, Brubeck, and more, in the world-renowned Smetana Hall, June 27-July 1, 2016

Sing Dvořák, Rutter, Brubeck, and more, in the world-renowned Smetana Hall, June 27-July 1, 2016

Prague, Czech Republic

John Wiscombe | Performance

The history of music in the Czech region is one of diversity and influence. From the choral compositions of Svatý Řehoř, or Saint Gregory, whose works led us to the term Gregorian Chant, to Bedřich Smetana’s nationalistic symphonic poems, to Antonín Dvořák’s infusion of Bohemian folk melodies and gypsy rhythms into some of the most prodigious Romantic-era works, through Leoš Janáček’s neo-romantic musical assimilation of folk tunes and speech-derived melodic lines, the music produced in this region has offered a rich cultural significance to humanity.   Read more

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Open House:	We’re Vegas bound – want to gamble on barbershop?

Open House: We’re Vegas bound – want to gamble on barbershop?

Grace Lutheran Church lower level, 900 N. Mason Street, Appleton, WI 54914

Shirley Mercier | Singing

The Fox Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines is heading to perform in Las Vegas this fall and is looking for ladies with singing talents.  Reading music is not a requirement, but a passion for performance and excellence is!  The Fox Valley Chorus sings a variety of songs from many eras, all done accapella in the barbershop style. If you enjoy singing and performing with excellence, then the Fox Valley Chorus is for you!  Come to our Open House on February 24, 2015, at Grace Lutheran Church lower level, 900 N. Mason Street in Appleton.  Our rehearsals run from 7:00-930 PM every Tuesday evening.  Take a gamble on barbershop and explore this fun and exciting music style!   Read more

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Verdi Requiem

Verdi Requiem

881 Seventh Avenue at 57th Street, New York, NY

Boxoffice | Audiences, Children/Youth, Education, Families, Performance

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Broadway Cabaret II

Broadway Cabaret II

4 Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940

Harmonium Chora... | Fundraising

Please join us for the second annual Harmonium Choral Society Broadway Cabaret Fundraiser, back by popular demand.  Harmonium members with a passion and talent for musical theatre will perform songs from Hammerstein and Kern to Jason Robert Brown and Andrew Lippa; the repertoire swings from hilarious to stirring.  This is a night of music that promises to rival anything you may hear on the other side of the Hudson.  Don't miss it! Read more

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Dark Night of the Soul Choral Concert

Dark Night of the Soul Choral Concert

50 S. Park Place, Morristown, NJ 07960

Harmonium Chora... | Composing/Commissioning, Performance

Harmonium Choral Society presents the mesmerizing title work by Ola Gjeilo with string quartet and pinao, the world premiere of Andrea Clearfield's entire choral setting of "Farlorn Alemen," plus works by Schutz, Purcell, Halley and others. Read more

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A High, Lonesome Bluegrass Mass

A High, Lonesome Bluegrass Mass

881 Seventh Avenue at 57th Street

Boxoffice | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Education, Families, General, Performance, Professional, Repertoire, Schools, Venue

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Grant Us Peace

Grant Us Peace

881 Seventh Avenue at 57th Street

Boxoffice | Audiences, Families, General, Performance, Repertoire, Singing, Venue

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Dialogue

Questions During Rehearsal?

Questions During Rehearsal?

Anonymous | Rehearsal, Singing

Singers, does your conductor allow questions during rehearsal? What are the pros and cons from your perspective? Read more

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